Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has claimed “positive” talks with star forward Alexis Sanchez over his future at the Emirates, despite reports the Chile international is set to leave this summer.
Sanchez is set to enter the final year of his contract with the Gunners, and has so far resisted signing a new long-term deal reportedly worth in excess of £250,000 a week.
Wenger stated in April he “deeply believed” the former Barcelona and Udinese man would extend his stay with the London club, and told reporters on Friday that he’s had encouraging talks with Sanchez via text.
“Of course. There is not a lot to resolve at the moment with the player,” Wenger said when asked if he’s confident Sanchez will stay at the club.
“I have spoken through text and it was very positive. My thoughts are always positive.”
Jack Wilshere is another Arsenal player whose future appears uncertain. The once-promising midfielder spent last season on loan at Bournemouth, where he broke his leg in the latter part of the season.
Set to return to the Emirates, the oft-injured England international has been linked to a move to Serie A side Sampdoria.
However, Wenger seemed to squash those rumours, saying: “I think Jack will be with Arsenal next season, yes.
“I will give you a very focused answer on that, that he has to work hard to come back and fight for a place in the team.
“But once he is ready, when he comes back, he will not be far from practising with the team.”